The De Leon Free Press


DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas, October 24, 1930


Hampton Sold Hatchery to Two De Leon Men

            A deal was made some days ago between C.C. HAMPTON and NEWTON & STRINGFELLOW, whereby H.E. NEWTON and Alvin STRINGFELLOW become owners of Hampton Modern Egg Farm.  The property is located on De Leon-Comanche highway, in the outskirts of this city.  Messrs. NEWTON & STRINGFELLOW are already in charge.

            Mr. HAMPTON established the Farm some years ago and developed it into one of the most modern of its kind in this section of the state.  The farm is operated more as a breeding farm of high bred Leghorns than as a commercial hatchery, however, it is equipped to do hatching on a commercial scale.  The Farm consists of about ten acres, upon which are more than a dozen buildings, including laying sheds, barns and two residences.  A flock of nearly 2,000 laying hens is kept.  The property is valued at perhaps $15,000.00.


W.S. Glover is Victim of Auto Wreck Wednesday

            Rural Carrier W.S. GLOVER had a serious car wreck while in the line of duty Wednesday morning.  He went out on his route shortly after 8:00 o’clock and had reached a point about four miles from town, on the De Leon-Desdemona road, when the steering gear of his car either broke or came loose.  The machine left the roadway and turned completely over on its top.  The accident occurred near the home of Ancil HILL.

            Assistance was soon at hand and Mr. GLOVER was brought back into town and a physician dressed his wounds at his home.  He sustained painful cuts about the face from his contact with the windshield, which was shattered.  He was otherwise bruised, but his injuries are not particularly serious.

            Mr. GLOVER’s car, a Durant Coach, was badly wrecked.


Little Child Died Near De Leon Monday

            Little Imogene, aged three years, six months and five days, baby daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.A. DAVIS, died at their home on the old H.C. HEATH farm, two miles south of De Leon, at 9:20 p.m. Monday, October 20, and her tiny remains were laid to rest at Board Church cemetery, a short distance from Comanche, on the day following.  Mr. and Mrs. DAVIS had lived on this farm the past year.  W.L. DAVIS and S.W. SMITH and wife, parents of Mr. and Mrs. DAVIS, live at Hasse.  Sympathy is extended to the sorrowing ones.


De Leon Man Gets Shoulder Broken in Car Wreck

            While returning from Cisco after dark last Friday evening, Alma TOLAR sustained a broken shoulder blade and other injuries of a less serious nature when his Chevrolet Coach went off the roadway at the turn of the highway near the Gorman school buildings.  The light of another car was in TOLAR’s eyes and he got too near the side, the car turning completely over.

            TOLAR’s son was driving another car just behind him, and immediate attention was paid his wounds.  Mr. TOLAR will be incapacitated for some time with his wounds.  The car was damaged to the extent of about $50.


Father of Rollie Hill Dies Oct. 15 at Waco Hospital

            James Minuard MILL, age 72 years, 2 months, 17 days, died in a sanitarium at Waco on Wednesday morning, October 15th, at 3 a.m.  He was born July 28, 1858 in Banks county, Ga.  At the age of 19 years he joined the Missionary Baptist church in Morgan county, Alabama, and was baptized at the Old Tavern Creek near the Pleasant Hill Church.  He moved to Texas in the fall of 1880, and was married to Myrtle WALKER of Alexander, Texas, on August 8th, 1889, and soon thereafter moved to Walnut Springs where he resided until his death at the Colgin sanitarium.  Mr. HILL was a railroad man having been in the service of the Texas Central and M-K-T railway companies for about 42 years, having been placed on the retired list about three years ago.  During the past few years he had been in failing health, and at the time of his death was under treatment of physicians at Waco.  He was a devoted husband; a kind, loving and indulgent father; a sincere friend; an accommodating neighbor, and a true and loyal citizen.

            He is survived by a dear companion and four sons, Rollie HILL of De Leon; Leonard HILL of Los Angeles, California; Parr HILL of Teague and Grant HILL of Grand Rapids, Mich.; and one sister, Mrs. Sally WINDHAM, of Italy.

            Funeral services were held at the family home at Walnut Springs last Saturday morning at 10:30 o’clock, conducted by Rev. T.F. MAYNARD, pastor of the Baptist Church, after which interment was made in the local cemetery.  The interment was delayed awaiting the arrival of two sons, one of whom lives in California and the other in Michigan. – Walnut Springs Hustler


Ralph Pittman is Married in New York

            Friends in De Leon have received announcement of the wedding of Ralph PITTMAN, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. B.J. PITTMAN which occurred in New York City on Friday, October 17, at the famous “Little Church Around the Corner.”  Immediately following the wedding, Mr. and Mrs. PITTMAN left on their honeymoon, going to Boston where on Saturday following their wedding, they witnessed the football clash between West Point and Harvard University.  They will remain in Boston for the week after which they will be at home at El Dorado Apartments, Jackson Heights, Long Island, N.Y.

            PITTMAN has been in New York the past eighteen months, being in the employ of the United States Fidelity Bonding Co.  He formerly practiced law with a firm at Wichita Falls, Texas, where he went after taking his law degree at Baylor University.

            At Wichita Falls, Ralph met Miss Gertrude TAYLOR, who was reared in that city.  After finishing her college career, Miss TAYLOR accepted employment in the First National Bank of Wichita Falls, and continued in this position until a recent date.  She arrived in New York on Friday, in time to keep her appointment with PITTMAN at the altar of “the Little Church Around the Corner,” where so many thousands of brides and grooms have made the solemn vow.


Theo Bell Weds Meadow, Texas, Girl in Oklahoma

[Transcriber’s note:  In the next issue of the De Leon Free Press, Theo Bell denies this marriage took place and the Free Press prints a retraction.]

            Mr. and Mrs. Clyde KING of Meadow, Texas, are announcing the marriage of their daughter, Miss Bessie KING, on August 15, 1930 to Mr. Theo BELL of De Leon.  Mr. and Mrs. BELL were married in Lawton, Oklahoma at the Methodist parsonage with Rev. J.O. PETERSON, pastor, officiating.  R.E. CLARK, uncle of the bride, accompanied them to Oklahoma.

            Mr. BELL is the son of Mr. and Mrs. R.W. BELL of De Leon and has lived here for a number of years.  Mrs. BELL was reared in Putnam, Texas, where her parents lived until recently.


Court House News


To Mr. and Mrs. Richard MASSINGILL, September 10, a son, Dudley Webster, Comanche.

To Mr. and Mrs. Samuel J. WALL, September 12, a daughter, Frankie Ray, Dublin, Route 1.

To Mr. and Mrs. William BURKS, Gustine, September 8, a son.

To Mr. and Mrs. Seldom McCAY, Gustine, September 2, a son, William SELDOM.

To Mr. and Mrs. J.C. PERDUE, Proctor, Route 1, September 11, a son.



J.T. WILKERSON, De Leon and Miss Edna Myrle GARRETT, Comanche.

David ELMS, Comanche and Mrs. S.F. DAVIS, Comanche.


Deeds Recorded

C.M. FARROR and wife to H.R. FRAZIER, tract of land out of the H. & T. C.R.R. Survey No. 12, on Turkey Creek, consideration $3,700.

Eva IRBY to T.H. JACKSON, 68 acres of the James THOMPSON Survey on Copperas Creek, consideration $680.

L.D. CRISWELL and wife to J.W. REESE, 75.8 acres out of the J.C. BRAYER Survey, 25 acres out of the Kenith McKENZIE Survey, 4 acres out of the T.H. HOLCOMB Survey, consideration of $5540.00.



Rex KEE of Olney visited here last week-end.  Mr. and Mrs. KEE will move to Dick KEE’s farm.  We are glad to have them back with us.

Mr. and Mrs. Ode McADAMS will move to the TERRY farm here.

Mr. and Mrs. Wiley COOK have moved to De Leon.

Miss Fairest BLANKENSHIP of Dublin visited home folks Tuesday.



Fred OSBORN was visiting with his family this week but has returned to his work at Borger.

Ralph ROBBINS is spending several days visiting with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. O.S. ROBBINS, Ralph has been engaged in pipe line work in New Mexico with headquarters at Albuquerque.  He has become an expert welder and commands excellent wages in this line.  He will next be engaged on a line running through Missouri.

J.H. ADAMS had a severe accident in the course of his work in adjusting oil well machinery last Saturday.  In some manner the heavy machinery slipped in such a way that his thumb was caught and crushed.  He was taken to Gorman for treatment and is now able to be out.

Ralph ROBBINS and Misses Windola PRICE and Guendolin ROBBINS attended the State Fair at Dallas last Saturday.



Mr. and Mrs. Marvin BLAIR of Gorman spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. W.L. BLAIR.

Miss Pauline BLAIR is on the sick list this week.

Dan FERRELL of San Antonio has been visiting in the home of his sister, Mrs. Tom GREER.

Mr. and Mrs. E.J. HODGES of Gorman has been visiting in the home of Mr. and Mrs. D.N. HODGES.

George SCOTT is building in Duster, where he expects to make his home the following year.

Mrs. E.M. FOOTE entertained the Duster Sewing Club at her home Thursday evening.  Cake and hot chocolate was served.  A quilt was quilted.

Mrs. J.W. DAWKINS and children have returned from McGregor, where they have been picking cotton.

Miss Clyde FERRELL is visiting in the home of her mother, Mrs. M.E. MELTON.


Comyn News

Mr. and Mrs. O.O. GREGG moved from our community to De Leon this week.

Mr. and Mrs. J.W. ALSTON and little daughter, Baby Clair, visited Mrs. ALSTON’s mother, Mrs. St. CLAIR, at Decatur last week.

Thelston STEELE, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.E. STEELE, broke his right arm Sunday afternoon.  The accident happened while he was trying to crank a car for his mother.  At present he is doing nicely and is hoping to be able to return to his school work in a few days.


Local Happenings

Mr. and Mrs. E.W. OWEN have had their Free Press address changed from Hillsboro to Athens, indicating that they have moved.  Mr. OWEN was formerly manager of the Dependable Store here.

Mr. and Mrs. W.L. SALTER were in Abilene Tuesday, guests of her brother and family, Mr. and Mrs. Ray FLETCHER and they were accompanied home by Mrs. SALTER’s mother, Mrs. FLETCHER, who will visit here indefinitely.

Miss Ila WALTRIP of Stamford is visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Zeke WALTRIP.

Emmett HOWARD of Sweetwater was guest Sunday of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.H. HOWARD.

Carl BRUMBELOW and sisters, Misses Annie and Hulet, were visitors in Ft. Worth Saturday.

A tiny baby girl arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Fred ATCHISON at Dallas, October 15th.

Mr. and Mrs. Joe ASHBY and son, Joe Ben, spent last week-end with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. ASHBY at Merkle.

A.C. DODSON, automobile dealer in Corpus Christi, was here from Wednesday to Sunday the past week visiting with his mother, Mrs. E.C. DODSON.

Mrs. S.F. HAMPTON of Sayre, Oklahoma, is guest of her daughters, Mesdames A.H. BIBBY, Stanley MORELAND and Webb TOLAND.

Mr. and Mrs. Joe WILKERSON are moving this week to Rising Star.  They have operated the Green Lantern Café here for the past several months.

Mr. and Mrs. O.M. BUCHAN and family spent the past week-end in Dallas, guests of her brother and family, Mr. and Mrs. Wiley TERRY.  They also attended the Fair.

Miss Pearl TATE is home from Tyler, where she attended Tyler Commercial College the past four months and has completed the Symplex System of Telegraphy.  She is due to be called out at any time to take a position.

Mrs. Frank GASTON of Granbury, was here this week visiting her daughter, Mrs. G.H. HARMON.



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